Ribble Valley Lib Dem hope backs Farron for top job

Jackie Pearcey. (s)
Jackie Pearcey. (s)

Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Ribble Valley at May’s general election, Jackie Pearcey, has backed Tim Farron MP to become the party’s next leader.

Farron was re-elected at the recent general election for a third straight term as MP for the Cumbria constituency of Westmorland and Lonsdale, winning more than half the vote.

He has already received significant endorsements from the leaders of Scottish and Welsh Liberal Democrats, many of the party’s former MPs and fellow re-elected MPs Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West), John Pugh (Southport) and Mark Williams (Ceredigion).

Jackie Pearcey is one of more than 110 of the party’s parliamentary candidates who stood at the general election and have all announced their backing for Tim.

Farron served four years, until December 2014, as President of the Liberal Democrats, a grassroots role championing and supporting activists and local parties. He was then appointed the party’s Foreign Affairs Spokesman for the general election campaign.

The results of the leadership election will be announced on July 16th.

Liberal Democrat Tim Farron MP Picture: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian

Liberal Democrat Tim Farron MP Picture: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian

Tim Farron MP said: “Absolutely delighted to have Jackie Pearcey’s backing! Jackie was our excellent candidate for Ribble Valley at last month’s general election and whose support I am very pleased to have. I am determined to rebuild the party and get us back to our winning ways, that’s why I’m running for leader.”

Jackie was our excellent candidate for Ribble Valley at last month’s general election and whose support I am very pleased to have

Tim Farron